The University of Zambia has taken unusual step of asking female students to stop visiting the library “half-naked” because it distracts male students.
UNZA management put up a notices around its library telling the female students to dress more modestly.
“It has come to our attention that some female students dress half-naked as they use the library, a situation which is disturbing the male students,” the notice in the library reads.
“We therefore advise the female students to dress modestly as you use university facilities. Modest is the way to go!”
Management said it has observed that male students were failing to study because of indecent dressing among female students.
Some female students have since disagreed with the directive saying it is draconian.
“If your mission of going to the library is to study, why should you start looking at other things like a female’s legs? Just concentrate on your books, that’s all,” second year student Lucy Bwalya said.
Other male students like Paul Chileshe said management has done well to write the memo.
“Issuance of this notice by management is a sign that the alleged indecent (half naked) dressing by some female students has gone out if hand. Perhaps management should also prescribe the dress code for all library users like formal dressing although this may not be welcomed by students as others prefer casual wear. Female students should also take it upon themselves to dress appropriately. It’s a library and not a club, they say an occasion determines ones dress code it’s as easy as that,” Chileshe said.